Iran tests new long-range missile
Iran announced on Sunday it had successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range missile, which it said was the first that could be guided all the way to targets.
The defense ministry posted pictures of the launch of the missile, named Imad, on its website but no details were given about its maximum range or other capabilities. Iran has nuclear deal with world powers recently. A few days after the nuclear deal, A United Nations Security Council resolution adapted bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads”. Iran has said its missiles would never carry a nuclear warhead as it has no plans to develop atomic weapons, but military officials have insisted on expanding the country’s missile program. AFP news
Tennessee officials ask God to spare them over same-sex marriage
Officials in Blount County, Tennessee, considered a resolution asking God to “pass us by in His coming wrath” over the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and “not destroy us as He did Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Apparently some in Blount — a county of 12,200 people south of Knoxville — still aren’t happy about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this summer that legalized same sex marriage nationwide.So, Commissioner Karen Miller has sponsored a resolution that both slams the Supreme Court and begs for God to spare the county when He eventually, goes the reasoning of the resolution, destroys America over same sex marriage.
US to compensate victims of Afghan hospital bombing
The Pentagon is to pay compensation for those killed and injured in a US strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Afghanistan. At least 22 staff and patients were killed in the bombing in the city of Kunduz a week ago.
US has said the strike was a mistake and that it was trying to target Taliban insurgents. MSF has called the attack a war crime and called for an international committee to investigate. Pentagon o said funds will also be made available to repair the hospital. President Obama has apologized to the MSF president and the Afghan leader for the incident. MSF is still trying to trace more than 30 staff and patients who remain unaccounted for. BBC news
Experts say shooting of a 12 year old black boy was reasonable
A report detailing the investigation of the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland has been released. Police officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed Tamir, who was holding a fake gun. Dean Reynolds reports Loehmann was distraught, saying “He gave me no choice … he reached for the gun, and there was nothing I could do.”
A retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor both found the rookie patrolman who shot Tamir Rice exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive the boy — described in an emergency call as a man waving and pointing a gun — as a serious threat. The killing of Tamir has become part of a national outcry about minorities, especially black boys and men, dying during encounters with police. CBS news
ISIS Crucifies 11 Christian Missionaries, cuts fingertips off 12 year old boy
Islamic State militants in Syria heinously tortured and killed a 12-year-old boy, along with 11 indigenous Christian missionaries, after they refused to leave their homeland or renounce Christ.
All 12 victims were captured on Aug. 7 in a village on the outskirts of Aleppo, according to the Virginia-based Christian Aid Mission, a group that has been in contact with the slain Missionaries’ director. Three weeks later, IS militants questioned the captives about whether they converted from Islam when they became Christians, an offense that is punishable by death under the Islamic State’s twisted legal code. The Christian captives were honest and admitted that they were once Muslims. The IS jihadis demanded the captives reconvert to Islam, but the Christians asserted that they would never renounce their love for Christ. The Christian Post